Some would say that selecting a barrel of bourbon is all fun. It is a very enjoyable experience. Going to a barrel warehouse with a master distiller to thief a barrel is a true sensory experience. Even sitting with a group with samples pulled from barrels from a distillery too far away to drive, is a great way to learn about what styles each barrel represents. Not all barrel samples are a taste treat. Finding a barrel that sings is a wonderful way to pick a barrel. And thus, the challenge is finding the barrel that we feel represents our “house” style and is atypical when compared to the commercial versions selected by the master distillers.
Westport Whiskey & Wine’s “house” style relies on great aromatics, from fruit, cream, vanilla and wood spices. The flavor is rich, lush and not astringent. It may be robust and warm, but never harsh. When splashed the flavors should open-up all the more. We believe that the selections below truly represent our house style, and great values, too.
CURRENT SELECTIONS (11.19.20)
Maker’s Mark, Private Selection, WW&W Single Barrel The 244, Aug 2020, 110 proof, 750ml, $74.99
We have found that our original Private Selection from 2015, which is 2 staves of Seared French Cuvee and 4 staves each of Roasted French Mocha and Toasted French Spice, is a favorite. Before barreling, that resultant whiskey was richly aromatic, delivering big fruit and cream notes. The entry was sweet and creamy, lush in the mid palate, with a lovely, woody, warm finish. After the cellaring, and now here, we found that the whiskey delivers on that taste. We hope that you, too, will find it as “yummy” as we do.
Pinhook Bourbon, Bourbon War 5Y Vertical Series, WW&W Single Barrel Selection, 114.2 proof, 750ml, $69.99
The aromas of vanilla are laced with custard, fruit & spice. And the entry taste is nice, sweet & chocolaty. It is very well balance with a spicy warm finish.
Wild Turkey, Kentucky Spirit, WW&W Single Barrel #19-0409, 101 Proof, 750ml, $71.99
COVID has caused a great deal of disruption in so many areas of our lives. This barrel came our way as the result of a local restaurant’s closure. Coming in at just over 10 years old. The nose is very fruity, as it reminds me of a ripe pear poached with fall spices, like nutmeg. It is warm, spicy with toasty oak flavors, with a lovely, hint of pepper finish. I like it! ~ Chris
Redemption, High Rye Bourbon, WW&W Single Barrel Select #20-005, 105 proof, 750ml, $42.99
At 36% rye, this selection is truly a High Rye Bourbon. It is non-chill filtered. We tasted it proofed down to its final 105 proof. It took a bit for the aromas to show its fruit, hints of apricot laced with toasted barrel. The taste was creamy, fruit, viscous, oily with loads of spice, toast and it finishes very nice, balanced and warm.
Starlight Distillery, Single Barrel #16-300 Bourbon, WW&W Selection, 118.2 proof, $47.99
This is four grain bourbon: 53 C, 7 W, 20 R, 20 MB. It is a complex and mouth-filling bourbon. Aromas of dark chocolate and vanilla with a hint of cotton candy, says that you’re in for a treat. And the flavor does not disappoint, it is a bit smoky and sweet upon entry, there is a nice oily texture and great mouthfeel, then it starts to layer, with a leathery, spiciness that lingers long and warm. A great fall & winter whiskey.
Elijah Craig, Bourbon, Single Barrel #6047810, WW&W Selection, 94 proof, 750ml, $36.99
Selected in July of 2020. Aromas of brown sugar dominated. It is sweet upon entry with notes of caramel and toffee. Spicy and rich in texture with a slight bit of barrel tannin. The finish was nice, balanced and long.
Woodinville, Bourbon, Single Barrel #3316, WW&W Selection, 120.7 proof, 750ml, $74.99
Having a Kentucky Bourbon palate, it is hard to admit that there is some very fine bourbon produced outside our home State. But, we have found several, and this is our first from Washington. Woodinville has established itself as one fine producer, not rushing to market with a whiskey way too early. Utilizing a very tradition mashbill of 72 C 22R 6 MB, and aging for more than 5 years in 18 month seasoned stave, heavy charred barrels, this bourbon is what you want in a fine sipping whiskey. Aromas of toasted caramel laced with citrus and cherries invite a taste. It is at once warm, spicy with vanilla layered in. It sits really well in the mouth, not hot, not astringent, not grainy, but balanced revealing more of its structure the longer you savor. The finish is topped off with an almost tart peppery aftertaste, yet that spicy vanilla flavor lingers long.
Rossville Union, Bottled-in-Bond, Rye, 100 proof, WW&W Single Barrel, 750ml, $51.99
The nose is very expressive, fruity, with orange peel and spicy clove. It starts out sweet then explodes with fruit and spice, think of a warm fruit cake where each taste delivers a new flavor. The finish is lovely, warm and long.
Deadwood, Tumblin Dice, Bourbon, 110.9 proof, WW&W Single Barrel, 750ml, $58.99
The nose is heavy on cherry and vanilla, with only a small hint of spice cutting through. Upon taste there is the classic sweetness that is found in a good bourbon, very creamy. Pleasant middle. Woody with a slight tannic backend to make this a very drinkable glass of bourbon.
George Remus, Bourbon, 120.2 proof, WW&W Single Barrel, 750ml, $62.99
Aromas of vanilla pudding, nutmeg and wood spice. It is very smooth, creamy upon entry with a nice weight in the mouth with a lovely, spicy finish with hints of anise and sweet rye. Tasty!
Pinhook Tiz Rye Time, WW&W Single Barrel, $63.99
Put into the barrel on September 15, 2015. This 4yr old plus rye has a grainy, rye aroma, lean and spicy. Frankly, it was YUMMY on entry with a nice balance. The finish was lovely and long.
Copper & Kings, American Brandy, WW&W Single Barrel Cask Selection, 126 proof, 750ml, $62.99
Selected on a rainy day in late Feb 2020, when Brandon O’Daniel, Master Distiller, said I have something you might like…OH BOY, did I!!!! The aroma was unbelievable, the taste was wonderful. I said I want it. 2 weeks later the world came to an end.
This is a 6yr old brandy from a blend of Chenin blanc, French Colombard, and Muscat Alexander. According to Master Distiller, Brandon O’Daniel, “This spirit is 100% copper and kings distilled and aged exclusively in a New American Oak barrel with a medium toast followed by a #2 char.” Aromas of baked apples and pears are supported by caramel, toasted vanilla, brown sugar with a finish of orange zest. The more you nose it the more you find to entice you. And in the mouth it is just as explosive in flavor. Rich, creamy, chocolaty, fruity, warm and a very, very, very long finish.
Selected and greatly anticipated:
Knob Creek Bourbon
1792 Full Proof